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A collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux, Ovila Abbey Quad brings the centuries-old monastery brewing tradition to America. Ovila Abbey Quad is rich and complex with layers of flavor including notes of intense dark fruits, and caramel-like maltiness. Rich and complex, this ale should be shared among friends in the true spirit of the season. A portion of the proceeds from this ale goes toward the restoration of the historic Santa Maria de Ovila chapter house on the grounds of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. This medieval building stood for nearly eight centuries in Spain. William Randolph Hearst purchased the monastery in 1931 and planned to use the stones for a castle even grander than his famous San Simeon. Although Hearstís plans crumbled, these historic stones will rise again in a California Cistercian abbey.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Summer 2011 - Highlight of my visit to Falling Rock in Denver. Highlight of the afternoon, wandering around Denver. Highlight of a week filled with lots of beer adventures. Maybe even the highlight of a summer that witnessed me and my friend traveling the span of Colorado in search of good beer. The Sierra Nevada Ovila Quad is a masterpiece, and I had the pleasure of making out with it in the stylish basement of the Falling Rock tap house. Beer drinking might get better than this, (Cantillon in a Belgian field at sunset?) but I think Iíve come close. It was too dark to ogle the color, so I went straight to inhale the perfume coming off the beer. Iím sure I looked like a geriatric patient clutching at an air mask, but it felt like I had broken through smog and got to inhale my first breath of fresh sequoia forest. Blood orange, red grapes, strawberries, gentle prods of cocoa, a rounded edge of malt, and the kind of Belgian yeast aroma that inspired so much of the craft beer revolution. The flavor follows in suit, featuring A light orange citrus zest, and underneath that there is champagne, more of those sweet, desiccated red grapes, Palisade peach, deep cherry notes and even an apple crispness that might be cousin to the champagne flavors I already noted. I also detect smaller but no less appreciable flavors of golden raisins and vanilla beans in the nose, only after the beer has had some time to warm up to its environs. Similarly, with a little warmth the beer provides some lovely brown sugar notes, opening up the spectrum of dark sweets in further. This beer is, frankly, a masterpiece, and deserves all the credit its earned. I donít know who brought more to the table - Sierra Nevada or their Belgian, theist counterparts - but this tastes something like a work of a higher being. Bravo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2514) - FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle 75 cl. Pours near cola brown in color with a tan head. Thereís some nice, quite smooth notes of plums mixed with bit of earthyness and some sweet almost fudgelike notes in aroma at first. More of the dark fruityness appears in taste, but also some sweet brown sugary notes are present. Notes of yeast with some hints of vanilla and earthlike greens are present later on and has a slightly warming effect in the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"they did it again! another great effort by Sierra Nevada to just nail a Belgian Style. pretty much what iím thinking when thinking of what a quad is supposed to taste/look/smell like. Lots of dark fruit, chocolate and a hint of booze. Maaaaaaybe a touch of hops. The only thing I really thought could be improved was the carbonation. A little too high, but nothing a little swirling couldnít fix. My favorite of the Ovila line (no surprise as this is my favorite style of the 3) and they nailed all 3. Sierra Nevada continues their fairly rapid ascent from mediocrity (IMHO, of course) thanks to the AV beers, Life & Limb, Old Ale, Hoptimum, and now these 3. Bigfoot and Celebration were really the only ones I was a fan of before..."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2084) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Good aroma of rich malt and dark earthy fruit. Opaque dark brown color, very thin rim head, no lace. Appearance is still and flat. Taste is dark roasted caramel malt that smoothly introduces earth and dark fruit in the palate before turning to noticeable alcohol in a long lingering finish. No hops or carbonation is present. Made for sipping on a cool evening, perhaps accompanied by a fine cigar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (837) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Really really good beer. Complex nose and flavors of dark fruit, caramel, and a slight hint of alcohol. Full bodied with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1218) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Let it warm up. Alcohol well hidden. Dark fruit flavors of raisin, plum, prune. Low carbonation. Malt complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
revolution2718 (242) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle, 18 months old. Pours very dark maybe a slight brown highlight, a bit of head. Nose is plumbs, boozy almost rummy, chocolate, raisin, burnt sugars. Taste matches nose , burnt sugars, plum, raisins, sweet, finishes with chocolate, bakers chocolate, charred. Not nearly as much booze in the taste as in the smell. Pretty thick mouthfeel. The only thing I'm missing is a Belgian yeast character. I really like this though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sudomorph (643) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
750ml. Bought Feb/13. Pours a clear dark caramel with an off white head. Aroma has big sweet notes of dark fruit, cherries, and a big, maltyness. Taste is sweet but not cloying. Dark fruits, with a bit of a creamyness. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Silky texture with a dry finish. Overall a tasty brew. Darker fruits with a nice sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3502) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark ruby pour with a thick tan head. Sweet dark fruits in the aroma with a ton of malt and a lot of prevalent alcohol. Sticky sweet plums and caramel at the start of the flavor with a strong alcohol burn still. Sweet malts and fruits with a dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14688) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... dark black currant ... dark berries nose .. dark berries .. soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft roast ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fishonmyplane (458) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Very rich and strong, as it should be. Dark fruits, sweet malts, no hops. But to me it was lacking the complexity that would turn it into a truly great beer.

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